5 P.M. AND 4 P.M. INTERVIEW: "In the Garden" Dementia Play

Published: Apr. 24, 2019 at 10:15 AM CDT
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A play focused on a family's emotions in dealing with a parent with dementia will be performed May 14 in Eau Claire.

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An all-ages community play exploring dementia and its impact on caregiving relationships will be offered on Tuesday, May 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire.

“In the Garden” is a play centered on Arthur Monsetin and his three grown children who have come together to help decide a course of action for their beloved father who is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. While he may wander off, lash out in anger or forget names at time, Arthur still has moments when he is lucid, funny and wise. Deep-seated family tensions surface as Arthur’s children attempt to treasure their father while they also come to terms with his limitations. Each of his children has a different view about what is best, yet one thing is clear: love for their father will guide the way.

“This type of scenario takes place with thousands of families every day, as adult children try their best to navigate the decision-making journey of helping their loved ones with dementia,” explains Lisa Wells, dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. “People with dementia still can lead full and meaningful lives. This play could help to change our perceptions of the disease and start conversations about the elements needed to truly create and support dementia-friendly communities.”

“In the Garden” is the second of three plays in the Remember Project, which uses the unique experience of theater and conversation to address the fear and isolation associated with dementia. The first play, “Steering into the Skid,” was held in Eau Claire in April 2018.

“In the Garden” is sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, Care Partners Country Terrace Assisted Living and Mayo Clinic Health System. Cost is free and includes a light dinner of soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert. Reservations are required. Register online at or call 715-839-4735 by May 10.